Girls can code: Linda Liukas and Hello Ruby

Last week a live streaming of a TEDx CERN event titled “Breaking the Rules” was held in Physicum. Among the speakers stood out a Finnish contributor, well-known Linda Liukas. Linda is a programmer, a startupper and a champion of women in computer science. In 2010 she co-founded Rails Girls, an ongoing project to involve women with little to no experience in programming.

Listen to her talk at Slush 2014:

In 2012 she was named Digital Champion of Finland for her efforts of promoting digital culture:

In 2014, Linda successfully (over)funded a project through Kickstarter: Hello Ruby. It’s a nicely illustrated book, a “coding fairytale” (for kids aged 4-8), available in several languages. I bought my copy in Finnish last week!

Are you curious to take part in the Rails Girls bootcamps? There are plenty in Finland this fall.

(Featured image is from www.helloruby.com)

Gender Summit 2015

The Gender Summit is a joint meeting of researchers, gender scientists and policy makers from all over the world, aimed at analysing how gender bias or discrimination affect the quality of research and at unifying forces to end gender inequality in innovation.

The 7th edition of the Summit will be held in Berlin, Germany, on November 7th-8th. Among the illustrious speakers, the Vice-President of Academy of Finland Prof. Marja Makarow was invited to give a plenary talk.

Find one of the her previous speeches here:

The deadline for registration to the Gender Summit is on October 25th. Find more information on the official website.

Women in Tech 2015: event in Helsinki

An interesting event on Women in Tech is taking place in the current days 5.-9.10.2015 at the Fair Centre of Helsinki (Messukeskus). You can find the programme of the event at this link.

There is also a live streaming going on here (and I guess they will make videos available later). You can follow the discussion also on Facebook or on Twitter by the hashtags #WIT15 #womenintechFI.

Congrats to our fellow women in tech who keep up the discussion on gender equality!